[9/14/2016] Yoshio Itoi considering free agency

According to Sports Hochi and Nikkan Sports, Yoshio Itoi is thinking about exercising his domestic FA option this winter. A number of teams, including Hanshin, will most likely be interested.

Itoi turned thirty-five in July. He has not missed a game so far this season and set a career high with fifty-one stolen bases. Since he is a rank B player, any team that signs him will be required to offer Orix compensation. Considering his age, the next team he signs with will most likely be his last.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2016

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